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Emphasizing safety, Iqaluit mayor joins call for RCMP body cameras

Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell announced Tuesday that he’s joining Pond Inlet MLA David Qamaniq, Nunavut Senator Patterson and MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq in a call for police body cameras in Iqaluit and throughout Nunavut.

Iqaluit Mayor and Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM) President Kenny Bell says he supports the idea of the RCMP using body cameras and he plans to raise the issue with both Iqaluit city council and with NAM.
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“It is about the safety of everyone involved and with this addition to the uniform; we will help protect the service members and citizens at the same time,” Bell stated in a news release.

The mayor said he plans to bring the issue forward at the Iqaluit council meeting on June 9. He also plans to seek a resolution on the topic through the Nunavut Association of Municipalities’ executive board in the coming weeks.

To read about Qaqqaq and Patterson’s thoughts on body cameras, click here.

Tununiq MLA David Qamaniq’s arguments in favour of body cameras can be found here.